Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is in quarantine after testing positive for a banned substance at a family member's home. The North Carolina native missed three games through injury and could also miss Saturday's home game against Wake Forest. The 21st-ranked Blue Devils (7-1, 1-0 ACC) have missed their last two games, both victories over South Carolina (5-3, 0-2) and North Dakota State (4-4, 2-5).
The Cardinals were scheduled to play Pittsburgh on Thursday night, but the opponent switched to Virginia Tech because of a virus. Georgia Tech has suspended its men's program, and two games have been postponed.
North Carolina State took a 3-point lead with 3: 12 left in the first half thanks to a 3-point play by freshman guard K.J. McDaniels. It was extended to 41-32, with Clemson still fighting for the equalizer with 18 minutes left. With less than five minutes to go, the Tigers were 59-53 down with 38.2 seconds left.
Simms, who made only three of 11 shots to cut the lead to eight points, added one more before Honor netted into the lane to give the Tigers a 72-68 lead. It was the first time Simms - a senior - had hit the ball deep into the net since he gave Clemson a final lead, and it was his first career double - a double.
Simms scored 19 seconds into the win as the Tigers returned to the national stage. Alvarado scored 17 of 24 field goals in the two games and was named ACC player of the week for his performance.
He helped the struggling Irish make the College Football Playoffs with a defensive-minded team and is now 11-1 for what it's worth. Clemson beat itself then - No. 18 Notre Dame in the first round of the national championship game, helping the Tigers advance to the ACC championship game. The Wolfpack won four of five games against the Tigers, but Clemson, which was tied with Virginia Tech, was ranked first. 19, entered with the fewest points allowed and had to live with Clemson's defense.
The Tigers led the ACC with just 56.2 points per game and shot 56% in the first half, including six three-pointers, but North Carolina State struggled to break through Clemson's normally strong defense. Clemson rallied nine points down to beat North Charlotte State 74-70 in overtime Tuesday night, then Aamir Simms scored on the way - before basket for the second consecutive game. The Irish won their first three games of the season and advanced to the College Football Playoffs 11-2. Both teams finished the year with 14 wins, including a loss to Myrtle Beach High School in a 3A state championship game.
He hit 15 of 27 shots in the first half to lead 39-32 at the break and lead by as many as 20 points in the second half.
Clemson made it all clear in the second half when freshman PJ Hall's inside post bounced off the rim before netting with 10.8 seconds left to take a 71-60 lead and the final score of the game.
Funderburk finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniels had 18 points and 10 boards for North Carolina State, which was looking to upset its second-ranked team after falling to a 17th-ranked team on Dec. Could it help the Fighting Irish finish in the top four, or is it time to see how good they are in a Power League where none of their usual power has yet emerged? After going 3-0 in the ACC play and making a statement in the Conference Championship Game against Florida State last week, North Charlotte State is aiming for its third straight win against a top-10 team and second in three games against the ACC's top two teams. But perhaps this is the right time to consider them legitimate candidates in an ACC where the real heavyweights have not yet emerged.
There is a very strict work requirement that a person must meet in order to be re-certified as a member of the National Association of Re-Certified Automobile Dealers (NACDA). Gary has consistently maintained the "First School" designation for the last 25 years, and Notre Dame was selected as the nation's best school for four consecutive years, the longest such streak in NCAA history.
Safety Kyle Hamilton appears to continue to dominate opposing quarterbacks and take the lead for his team. The Tigers say they will succeed, though the collective will likely have several nail varnishers that amount to one or two ball possessions.
The 6ft 4in senior from Cleveland was in a tight spot at the count, converting 19 of 21 fouls, including 9-for-9 from the line for the Tigers. He scored 21 points on 7 of 11 shots and finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Clemson leads the ACC with the fewest points allowed and has won three of its last four games, all by at least 10 points. Forget the Tigers and their heels, something that happens when these teams meet.